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How to get the most out of Samsung DeX on Galaxy tablets

Tablets are no longer just personal accessories for watching movies and shopping in your downtime; many can hold their own against laptops, especially in environments where portability and touchscreens are essential. Professionals working outside the office increasingly prefer them over bulkier laptops, as they can deliver the same results with more user experience flexibility.

That said, if you’re looking to integrate tablets into your company’s IT infrastructure for workers to use them as their primary devices, it’s vital that you purchase devices that have the specs your teams need to be most effective. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S line — including the Tab S7 and Tab S7+ — fits the bill for high-powered teams with expansive displays, powerful hardware, long-lasting batteries and the S Pen to take notes, annotate and whiteboard. However, its true differentiator is Samsung DeX, the desktop experience software that comes built in and allows users to transition seamlessly between mobile and desktop experiences.

Samsung DeX enables enterprises to save significant amounts of money. All professionals need to do is connect their DeX-enabled device to a monitor, keyboard and mouse, and suddenly they have a full workspace. With DeX wireless capabilities, you can even mirror your device to any Miracast-enabled display. You may already be familiar with DeX on Galaxy smartphones, but these Galaxy tablets extend the DeX value proposition further, giving users three powerful ways to work.

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Activate DeX mode on your tablet

The Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ are built to excel as Android tablets, and you may spend much or even most of the time using them that way. But when you need to crunch some numbers in a spreadsheet, write a report or build a sales presentation, you can quickly transition to a more traditional laptop-like experience with a keyboard book cover and multitouch trackpad.

You can switch to DeX mode on your tablet using the dedicated DeX key on the keyboard to kick-start your productivity. You can also set your tablet to automatically enter DeX mode whenever you dock it into the keyboard case. This setup is ideal for quick productivity pit-stops when you have a few extra minutes between meetings.

But what makes DeX especially compelling is Dual Mode. While you’re doing your main work on the desktop monitor, such as editing documents or securely accessing files and applications, you can use your tablet for other tasks, such as responding to instant messages and emails, jotting down notes with your S Pen or controlling your music player.

Connect to a larger display

When you are back in an office environment, DeX lets you extend your Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ even further. Connect your tablet via an HDMI adapter, and you can launch DeX on any compatible monitor. Combined with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, you now have a desktop-like experience, complete with multiple resizable windows, drag and drop convenience and keyboard shortcuts.

Want to forgo the need for wires? You can also mirror the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ to any Miracast-enabled display. With wireless DeX capabilities, you can showcase a presentation during a meeting or merely work without worrying about bringing along the appropriate cables or hubs in your bag.

Pocketable accessories

Professionals who work away from the office will see new productivity possibilities with DeX. All you need is your tablet and some pocketable accessories for when you need to connect to a monitor at the office or home. For a wireless DeX experience, any Miracast-enabled display will work, but use a recent Samsung Smart TV for the best connectivity.

Today’s workers need devices that offer the power of a laptop, without weighing them down. No matter where you’re working from, tools like the Tab S7 and S7+ with Samsung DeX offer the flexibility needed to stay productive.

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Michael Archambault

Michael Archambault is a technology writer located in Long Island, New York. For the past decade, Michael has covered the consumer technology space, reporting on the latest industry offerings while crafting comprehensive how-to guides, hands-on-reviews and opinion-editorials.

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